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WORLD BRIEFING : MIDEAST : Palestinian push for statehood

November 16, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A Palestinian campaign to ask the U.N. Security Council to unilaterally endorse its drive for statehood appears to be more an expression of frustration with U.S. and Israeli policies and stalled talks than a real effort to go it alone.

A U.N. resolution for a Palestinian state could face a veto from the U.S., Israel's main ally. But if the Security Council approved it, consequences could be even more severe.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the move, warning that Israel would retaliate.

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